Learn About the Behavioral Side Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

Learn About the Behavioral Side Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

Long term benzodiazepine use can provoke behavioral side effects. Withdrawal may take months or years to get past with discomfort being part of the process. The problem is going to continue getting worse as more people are dealing with prescription medication addiction. Learn more about the behavioral side effects of benzodiazepine use and how to seek help.

Brain Disinhibition

Benzodiazepine medication works by increasing neuronal inhibition mediated by GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid which leads to suppression of the electrical impulses and activity in all regions of the brain and spinal cord. The largest number of benzo receptors are concentrated in the cerebral cortex.

The frontal lobe of the brain dealing with reasoning can be subject to sedative effects. When the frontal lobe’s function is suppressed, people experience reduced judgment, impaired cognition and executive abilities which make a person act impulsively.

Behavioral Disinhibition

Behavioral Disinhibition can be detected in any person who consumes alcohol or drugs which act as depressants of the central nervous system (CNS). Benzos fall into this category as damage to the frontal lobe of the brain occurs and disinhibition of the frontal cortex from self-regulation and control occurs. The lack of control experienced causes a person to act in ways that bring about potential consequences.


Apart from the general side effects, people who take benzos for a longer period of time can experience behavioral side effects which may include:

  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Hostility
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Self-injury infliction
  • Inappropriate behavior in public
  • Temper tantrums

Several groups of people are more susceptible to developing issues. These populations include kids, the elderly, individuals in stressful environments and those who suffer from mental health issues.

What Can Be Done

If an individual is struggling with benzo addiction and symptoms, the following steps can be helpful to get started seeking help:

  • Find qualified professional and peer support. Speak with a doctor who understands benzo withdrawal and get qualified information
  • Talk to trusted people such as friends or family members
  • Seek inspiration online through blogs, support groups and try to find ways of connecting with others to help get unstuck

When dealing with benzo side effects it can feel isolating. The best thing to do for coping is to connect with others who share the same situation and understand the experience. Seeking professional support can also help deal with the side effects.

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